- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - Three Guam law enforcement officers who were participating in SWAT training this week needed medical treatment during the exercises.

The officers are part of a team from various law enforcement agencies, including the Guam Police Department, airport police and parole officers, Pacific Daily News (https://is.gd/SFYDlF) reported.

One Guam police officer, a 17-year department veteran, was hospitalized after collapsing during a training exercise Wednesday. The 49-year-old officer was being treated in the intensive care unit at the naval hospital.

Lt. Michael Arcangel, assistant officer in charge of the training unit, described the officer as a hard worker.

“He’s a darn good detective and most of all a dear friend,” Arcangel said. “I pray that he comes back to us. And I know that he will. He’s strong.”

Another Guam police officer was taken to Guam Memorial Hospital Wednesday for treatment of possible dehydration, police spokesman A.J. Balajadia said. The officer had complained about not feeling well, according to police.

Balajadia said a third trainee, a parole officer, was taken to the naval hospital Thursday for treatment of dehydration.

Arcangel said the participating officers are required to complete a physical fitness test and medical exam before enrolling in the SWAT training program.

Police Col. Maurice Sayama said all three men passed both the medical exam and physical test. The training program involves advanced tactical techniques and intensive running, pull-ups and situps.

Randy Chaco, one of the other program trainees, said the training is designed to test mind and body in certain situations.

“They test us to the limit and make sure our bodies are able to adapt to it,” said Chaco, an airport police officer.


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